Pathways To Success Through Identity-based Motivation

Paperback | April 15, 2015

byDaphna Oyserman

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Everyone can imagine their future self, even very young children, and this future self is usually positive and education-linked. To make progress toward an aspired future or away from a feared future requires people to plan and take action. Unfortunately, most people often start too late andcommit minimal effort to ineffective strategies that lead their attention elsewhere. As a result, their high hopes and earnest resolutions often fall short. In Pathways to Success Through Identity-Based Motivation Daphna Oyserman focuses on situational constraints and affordances that trigger or impede taking action. Focusing on when the future-self matters and how to reduce the shortfall between the self that one aspires to become and the outcomes thatone actually attains, Oyserman introduces the reader to the core theoretical framework of identity-based motivation (IBM) theory. IBM theory is the prediction that people prefer to act in identity-congruent ways but that the identity-to-behavior link is opaque for a number of reasons (the futurefeels far away, difficulty of working on goals is misinterpreted, and strategies for attaining goals do not feel identity-congruent). Oyserman's book goes on to also include the stakes and how the importance of education comes into play as it improves the lives of the individual, their family, andtheir society. The framework of IBM theory and how to achieve it is broken down into three parts: how to translate identity-based motivation into a practical intervention, an outline of the intervention, and empirical evidence that it works. In addition, the book also includes an implementationmanual and fidelity measures for educators utilizing this book to intervene for the improvement of academic outcomes.

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Everyone can imagine their future self, even very young children, and this future self is usually positive and education-linked. To make progress toward an aspired future or away from a feared future requires people to plan and take action. Unfortunately, most people often start too late andcommit minimal effort to ineffective strategi...

Daphna Oyserman, Ph.D., is a social scientist at the University of Southern California; she is a Dean's Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education and Communication as well as founding co-director of the Center for Mind and Society. She was recently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2009-20...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195341465

ISBN - 13:9780195341461

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Table of Contents

Author NoteIntroduction and Readers Guide1. Identity-Based Motivation2. A Focus on Education3. Translating Identity-Based Motivation to Intervention: Pathways to Success from School to Jobs and LifeReferences

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"Professor Oyserman's possible selves approach has a sound theoretical basis and has been empirically supported by experimental and longitudinal evidence. What amazes me is that even though the possible selves approach is developed in North America, I think it potentially has the universalityto work well in an Asian context as well. In fact, my preliminary research using a similar approach has been promising in improving youth's well-being in Singapore. The manual is very practical and easily adaptable to an Asian context." --Dr. Albert K. Liau, Assistant Head of Research for the Psychological Studies Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, at Nanyang